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Jacqui Bell

7 Philip Roth Quotes Full of Truth

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American Novelist Philip Milton Roth was born on the 19th March 1933.

Roth’s work, influenced by the likes of John Updike, William Faulkner and Franz Kafka, is mainly semi-autobiographical and set in his birthplace, Newark, New Jersey.

One of the most awarded novelists of his generation, Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral (USUK). This has since been made in to a film starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, joining the list of seven of his other works that have also been adapted for the big screen. Read More

Author Spotlight: Caryl Phillips

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Caryl Phillips was born on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts on 13th March 1958, 4 months later he moved to England with his parents who settled in Leeds.

Phillips read English at Queen’s College Oxford, during which time he directed plays and spent his summers working at The Edinburgh Festival. When he graduated in 1979 he moved to Edinburgh where he wrote his first play “Strange Fruit”. Read More

7 True Quotations from Ralph Ellison

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Ralph Waldo Ellison was born on 1st March 1914 in Oklahoma City and was educated at Tuskegee University Alabama. During his time at the University, Ellison worked in the library where he spent his free time reading the likes of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein.

Ellison moved to New York in 1936 where he wrote many reviews and short stories and first met Rosa Araminter Poindexter, who became his wife in 1938. It was, however, his second wife Fanny McConnell who supported him whilst he wrote his most famous work “Invisible Man” (USUK), which was published in 1952. This story of a man’s search for identity, won him the National Book Award in 1953. Read More

7 Poetic Quotes from W. H Auden

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Anglo-American poet Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York on the 21st February 1907.

He graduated form Oxford in 1928 and after spending a year in Germany returned to the UK to become a teacher.

Possibly best known for his poem “Funeral Blues”, made famous by the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. He won the Pulizer Prize in 1947 for “The Age of Anxiety”. Read More

War Novels Category for 2018 Challenge

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This year’s reading challenge is a bit different and as promised each month we’ll give you a list of suggested books for each category. For March I asked the Cwts Discussion Group to recommend “A Novel Set During A War”. The response was once again completely overwhelming, these are just a few of the many that didn’t already feature in one of the many lists we already have over on FRA. I’ve included links to the other lists at the end. Read More

9 Amy Tan Quotes to Sum up Life and Love

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Amy Tan (19th February 1952) is an American writer with Chinese heritage whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Tan has written several novels and is best known for works such as The Joy Luck Club (also a major movie), and The Kitchen God’s Wife.

Born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants, John and Daisy Tan who escaped to America in order to get away from the Chinese Civil War. After school, Tan would receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and linguistics before writing her first novel The Joy Luck Club (USUK). Read More